Sonya Marks (pictured below) of Casino starring as Molly the Cabbage Patch Doll in the production Mayhem in Toyland.
Sonya Marks (pictured below) of Casino starring as Molly the Cabbage Patch Doll in the production Mayhem in Toyland. Jacklyn Wagner

Playing around in Toyland

BEEF Week's amateur broadway musical Mayhem in Toyland may be for the kids, but all of Casino is hanging out for the Beef Week spectacular which features high-profile Casino identities playing ill-behaved toys.

Among the adult cast of 16 will be a publican, a poli-tician, a teacher, a banker, a barista and a realtor - all playing mischievous characters in Santa's workshop.

The plot of the play, written by St Mary's teacher Shelley Grace, is set when Santa and Mrs Claus leave the North Pole and the toys spring to life. Barbie decides Clara Clown needs a makeover, Ken decides Barbie needs to back off and Clara decides to run away. On the other side of Toyland, Santa's elf Elvin, feeling unappreciated, forms an evil plot to kidnap one of Santa's toys.


Aimed at both adults and children, Mayhem in Toyland is a full-on musical production with singing, dancing and possibly some very extreme "toy" over-acting.


Co-ordinator Nicholle Aquilina-Brown manager at Hotel Cecil, says "We've been rehearsing for 12 weeks now and it's coming along well."


Most of all people will have a blast seeing well-known Casino identities on the stage, dressed as toys," says Nicholle.


The Northern Star has blown the cover of some of the players which include former councillor Sandra Humphrys as Bella; "blokey-bloke" Mark Leale of Casino DIY Hardware as "Voltron" and local muso Des Grace as Santa.


Chamber of Commerce co-ordinator Sonya Marks, who plays a Cabbage Patch Kid called Molly, uses her Country singing chops to break the tension through song.


"We want everybody in Casino to have as much fun watching the musical as we have had performing it."


Tickets are $10 and available from May 14 from DIY Hardware, Expressive Dance Studio, the Cecil Hotel and the St Mary's Parish Office.


There will be two performances starting at 3pm and 7pm Sunday, May 20 at St Mary's Relihan Centre.



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